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Saturday
Apr022011

Bronx Zoo Asks for Help In Naming Fugitive Cobra

Julie Larsen Maher/Wildlife Conservation Society(NEW YORK) -- Julius Squeezer? Loosie? Perhaps Sssssamantha?

Those are just a few of the names Twitter users are suggesting for the venomous Egyptian cobra that alarmed and delighted New Yorkers when it escaped from its Bronx Zoo enclosure more than a week ago, before it was found Thursday following an intensive six-day search.

"The Bronx Zoo cobra captivated the city – and the world – with her escape. And now the slick serpent needs a name,” the New York Post says on its website. The Post joined the Bronx Zoo in announcing the contest.

The 20-foot-long female cobra built up a huge following on Twitter, where a mystery user set up a spoof account -- @BronxZoosCobra -- to document the imaginary escapades of the escaped reptile.

Users can submit suggestions to BronxZoo.com. The winning name will be announced Thursday.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

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